Publisher Note

His knowledge, tenacity and eloquence still resound in the corridors of the Institute which bears his name in Saint Petersburg and his spirit continues to inspire the hundreds of researchers pursuing his work. He had anticipated the disappearance of plant diversity, and, within the space of a few decades, he studied and travelled throughout the world and found the means of saving it. For political and idealogical reasons, Nikolai Vavilov was condemned to death and left to starve in the dungeon of a Soviet prison. Gradually, on both sides of the iron curtain, his memory began to fade. One hundred years after Vavilov's first expedition, the photographer Mario Del Curto retraced his footsteps. For four years he has been meeting those who, despite overwhelming obstacles, perpetuate Vavilov's seed prospec- tion, selection, and conservation work in order to save the planet's staple food crops. This book is the unprecedented story of his journey to the heart of the Vavilov Institute and its twelve research stations. International special- ists bring light to the huge scope of the work undertaken by Vavilov and his successors.

Artist Monograph

Mario del Curto

Seeds of the Earth, the Vavilov Institute

Release Place Arles, France
Edition 2nd edition
Release Date 2019
Artist: Mario del Curto
Series Hors Collection
ISBN-13: 978-2330127466
Subform Photobook
Topics Earth, Landscape, Plants
Themes landscape, earth, plants
Methods Photography
Language English
Dimensions 22.0 × 30.5 cm
Pages 320
Technique Offset